FOUNDATION CHAPTERS

The foundation chapters discuss the fundamentals of evidence analysis and citation.

Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Evidence Analysis

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Basic Issues
1.1    Analysis & mindset            
1.2    Completeness of research
1.3    Conclusions: hypothesis, theory & proof
1.4    Fact vs. assertion or claim
1.5    Family-history standards
1.6    Levels of confidence
1.7    Objectivity
1.8    Presentism
1.9    Quantity vs. quality
1.10    Technical knowledge
1.11    Truth                

Classes of Evidence
1.12    Generic labels            
1.13    Legal terminology
1.14    Process map for evidence analysis
1.15    Proof arguments

Problematic Concepts
1.16    Definitive sources
1.17    Direct Sources
1.18    Final conclusions
1.19    Indirect sources
1.20    The name’s the same rule
1.21    Three sources rule

Processed Records (Formats)
1.22    Abstracts vs. extracts
1.23    Databases & indexes
1.24    Duplicate copies
1.25    Duplicate originals (counterparts)            
1.26    Image copies
1.27    Record copies (aka clerk’s copies)
1.28    Transcriptions vs. translations    
1.29    Transcriptions, edited

Textual Criticism
1.30    Authenticty & credibility
1.31    Certification & certificates
1.32    Content    
1.33    Creator’s veracity & skill
1.34    Informant’s purpose & reliability
1.35    Language characteristics
1.36    Material characteristics
1.37    Penmanship
1.38    Record’s custodial history
1.39    Record’s degree of processing
1.40    Record’s timeliness
1.41    Source description

Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Citation

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2.1    Citation as art vs. science
2.2    Citation style choices
2.3    Citations, definition & purpose
2.4    Citations, types of
2.5    Common-knowledge rule
2.6    Copyrights, plagiarism & fair use
2.7    Discursive notes & overlong citations
2.8    Privacy
2.9    Selectivity & thoroughness
2.10    Symbols & terms

Common Practices for Citing
2.11    Derivatives & imaged sources
2.12    Indexes & finding aids
2.13    National Archives materials
2.14    Page numbers, etc.
2.15    Personal knowledge
2.16    Personal names
2.17    Personal titles, credentials & degrees
2.18    Published vs. unpublished materials
2.19    Repositories
2.20    Several sources for a single fact
2.21    Source of a source
2.22    Titles, basic rules
2.23    Titles in foreign languages

Family History Library
2.24    FHL, GSU, LDS & FamilySearch
2.25    FHL basic rule
2.26    FHL film numbers (call numbers)
2.27    FHL film of unpublished records
2.28    FHL item numbers
2.29    Published books filmed by FHL
2.30    Published film used at FHL
2.31    Repositories, citing when using film
2.32    Temple work, etc.    

Online Materials
2.33    Core elements to cite
2.34    Databases vs. images vs. essays
2.35    Multiple offerings at one site
2.36    Punctuation
2.37    Web addresses (URLs)

Organization
2.38    Reference notes vs. source lists

Reference notes
2.39    Choices of style
2.40    Full citations vs. short citations
2.41    Numbering of
2.42    Reference numbers, placement of

Short citations
2.43    Creating
2.44    “Hereinafter cited as”
2.45    Precautions when using

2.46    Source labels
2.47    Source list arrangements
2.48      By author-title
2.49      By collection
2.50      By geographic locale
2.51      By repository
2.52      By source type
2.53      Alphabetizing of
2.54      Numbering of

Stylistic Matters
2.55    Abbreviations
2.56    Abbreviations, standard
2.57    Acronyms & initialisms
2.58    Braces & brackets

Capitalization
2.59    General usage
2.60    Publication titles
2.61    Small caps
2.62    Untitled items
2.63    Colons
2.64    Commas
2.65    Dashes vs. hyphens
2.66    Dates
2.67    Ellipses
2.68    Italics (or underscoring)
2.69    Latinisms
2.70    Parentheses
2.71    Placement of punctuation
2.72    Quotation marks
2.73    Roman numerals
2.74    Semicolons
2.75    Slashes (virgules)
2.76    Titles